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Tallassee cuts ribbon on new, bigger Walmart


New jobs and a bigger shopping selection are now available in Tallassee. Wednesday morning, leaders cut the ribbon an a Walmart supercenter on Gilmer Avenue.

There is nothing like the sound of more traffic to suggest the business climate is getting hotter during these summer months in Tallassee.

Residents joined Walmart employees and city leaders to celebrate the grand opening ceremony. The new store employs 150 people, including an additional 85 jobs that were added with the relocation. Walmart managers say it will also provide the community with more options and an enhanced shopping experience

Tallassee's mayor says the new store should bring a lot of business and revenue into the city. "We have had a walmart since 1987," the mayor explained. "Since that time we have said we want a supercenter. We want a supercenter. We want a supercenter. And needless to say, today we finally got it. So yes we are excited."

As a part of the grand opening, grant presentations were made to the Tallassee schools, House of Love and Mercy, first responders, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Jeanna Kervin chuckled in June at the fact the old Walmart, located just a few blocks away, was said to be one of the smallest, if not the smallest in the Southeast. And it's no laughing matter when you factor in some real numbers expected from the new Walmart not far away.

"The new store will nearly triple the workforce which means revenues could triple for the city," said Kervin. "This is a big deal for the area because until this new one was built many of your areas in Elmore and Tallapoosa Counties had been underserved," said Kervin.

The new Walmart was having an impact on future developments on Highway 14 leading into the city more than a month before it opened.

Mary Carter is right smack dab in the middle of it. Carter is renting a home next door and tells WSFA 12 News the property owner has told her and her husband they will have to move soon.

It will be their third move in 5 years. "We understand. The people of Tallassee needed this and plus it's prime real estate," said Carter.

Kervin says she has no idea what kind of development might take place on the land Carter is living on. The property is up for sale.

As for the old store Kervin plans to encourage Tallassee city leaders to convert it into a civic center, an idea that's down the road.

The new store will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

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